Why a Business Like SammySocks Etc. is Needed in Today’s World
by Mark Lyons
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SammySocks Etc. Blog - Comments and Observations from Someone Who Is a Retired Educator and Sammy’s Dad
There are about 5.4 million adults with autism living in the United States. That is about 2.2%.*
More than 500,000 people with autism will turn 18 in the next decade.
A little more than half of adults with autism are or have ever been employed.**
Wow! SammySocks Etc. was established to make available dignified employment, contribute to a sense of worth, and foster respect for adults with differing abilities through the selling of quality products. SammySocks Etc., by the grace of God, is to provide our son who is an autistic person and other adults with differing abilities, opportunities to contribute to the community in a safe environment and help secure their futures.
A business like SammySocks Etc. is needed in today’s world. As our business grows, and as we are able, we would like to employ other adults with differing abilities. Money will be made, income will be earned, products will be shipped, taxes will be paid, customers will be happy, and employees as well as customers will become part of a family. Businesses like SammySocks Etc. deserve a chance to be successful. They need to be developed, encouraged, and supported. These businesses need to be successful to help fill a great need.
There are several ways we all can help.
- Buy socks from SammySocks Etc.
- Seek out and shop at other businesses that employ people with differing abilities.
- Educate ourselves and those close to us about autism. We can check out any of these organizations:
- Autism Speaks - https://autismspeaks.org/
- Autism Society - https://autism-society.org/
- AutismWeb - https://autismweb.com/
- Organization for Autism Research – https://researchautism.org
- Autism Highway – https://autismhwy.com
- My Autism Team – https://myautismteam.com
- Contact our elected officials on the local, state, and national levels. Ask them to initiate and/or support legislation that benefits people with differing abilities.
*Dietz PM, Rose CE, McArthur D, Maenner M. National and State Estimates of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2020 [epub ahead of print].
**Roux AM, Shattuck PT, Cooper BP, Anderson KA, Wagner M, Narendorf SC. Postsecondary employment experiences among young adults with an autism spectrum disorder. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2013;52(9):931-939. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2013.05.019